"Thanksgiving only becomes thanksliving when the thanks for His vertical, coming-down grace — is expressed as a horizontal, reaching-out grace." Ann Voskamp
"Coming down Grace" reached us this Thanksgiving- vertical, sideways, backwards and twirly topped. The Levaquin I've been taking has helped me fight the sinus infection, but rendered me even more dizzy and fatigued than normal.
And I steady my head to number my gifts and count them. My gratitude journal filling and spilling into the corners of all my days. The daily practice of Thanksgiving = Thankful living.
I am rescued, as my head swirls, and my cousin Jennifer, offers to send us dinner that we only have to heat up Thanksgiving Day. Then her sister Pam and husband Scott deliver the meal Thursday morning. Their daughter Amanda even bakes us a pumpkin pie. It is delicious- so tasty I couldn't have made it any better myself. Thanks and giving.
The boys pick out the tablecloth and their favorite dishes and help set the table. I cringe a little at their choices- and yet, it speaks to my mama heart that her boys want to please her and to take part and they beam all the way through when they are finished.
The beautiful flowers surprise me at the door Wednesday and become the perfect centerpiece for our table. Thank you Moilanen Family! Then Anne comes, bearing fruit and dip and love and warmth. And grace flows and my heart grows.
Grandpa Jim arrives to help carve the turkey and Uncle Dale (Carole's brother) stops by too. Grandma Mary Ann has an unfortunate run in with a flu shot Wednesday that leaves her too sick to join us. She rallies quickly. Grace rains down.
We eat, we talk, we rest, we savor.
And thanksgiving only becomes thanksliving when joy in the blessings given from above — overflows into the blessings given all around. Ann Voskamp
Overflowing blessings- given all around- and counting gifts teaches so that Thanksgiving becomes Thanks-living.
And I steady my head and and bend my knees and give thanks for the living and the bounty and blessings.